Delaney Vetter


Five students share  personal narratives about identifying as a conservative on a predominantly liberal campus. Left to Right: Jordan Lozano, Lincoln Miller, Madison Wagner and Chris Tibbetts. Not pictured: Madison Murphy.  

'They don't let me finish my sentences:' Conservative students share their experiences on a liberal campus

The majority of students at UP define themselves as liberal or very liberal. But what if among the students who laugh at a professors’ digs at Trump, there are students who laugh along uncomfortably, worried that if they don’t, their peers and professor will judge them?  That is a reality for some of the 11 percent of the student body who identify as conservative and the 2 percent as very conservative.   These are the stories and beliefs of five students who identify as conservative on campus. 

Delaney Vetter shares why she thinks the KonMari phenomenon should be applied to more than books and shoes.

Staff Opinion: Why you should 'Marie Kondo' your life

By now you have probably heard about Marie Kondo, the creator of the famous KonMari method of decluttering and the star of one of Netflix’s hottest new series.  Not only has Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” sold millions of copies worldwide, but her show has sparked (pun not intended) a phenomenon among millions of Netflix watchers to unpack their closets, cupboards, drawers and garages and get rid of all the items that don’t “spark joy.” Thrift stores have seen an influx of donations in response to the hit show, and the name “Marie Kondo” is becoming more and more recognizable. 

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ASUP discretionary funds available for clubs, organizations, departments

Applications are now open to clubs, organizations and departments to apply for ASUP’s $12,500 Opportunity Grant. The grant is a source of money that groups on campus might not know about, but would most likely be happy to receive.  This is the first year where departments like athletics and the Health and Counseling Center are eligible to apply. 

Dagan Kay holds his product, Produce Mate.

Invent Oregon: UP e-scholar wins competition with self-created product

Take a deep breath and try not to look too sweaty. Stay calm even though hundreds of eyes are staring at you. Speak loudly because you don’t have a microphone and make sure they hear you. Breathe.  These were the thoughts running through Dagan Kay’s head before he delivered a five-minute pitch about his product, Produce Mate. He spoke in front of 384 people at Invent Oregon, a one-day competition for inventors and entrepreneurs from Oregon colleges and universities in Klammath Falls, Oregon.

Junior Autumn Fluetsch and junior Delaney Vetter are all smiles for the first episode of The Beacon's newest podcast, Mental Health Mondays. 

PODCAST: Mental health Mondays

The Beacon’s new podcast, Mental Health Mondays, will aim to further the conversation about mental health on campus. There are many professors and other members of the UP community that are passionate and dedicated to creating more mental health awareness. This podcast aims to educate the UP community about different mental health concerns, as well as open up a dialogue for something that affects so many students in college.  In this first episode, we sat down with psychology professor and neuroscientist Mark Pitzer. Pitzer unpacked what anxiety and depression mean on a neurological level and discussed what happens in the brain when anxious feelings roll in or when depression hits.

Delaney Vetter, Opinion Editor at The Beacon, shares her study abroad experience and why others should go abroad for a year.

Staff Opinion: Why you should study abroad for a year

There is something very strange about feeling like you have a lot of “homes.” For many that means their college home and their family home. For me it’s Portland, Michigan and Salzburg, Austria.  It hurts to miss a place so much, but I’m here to tell you it is 100% worth it. Last year, I spent eight months living in the most beautiful country, traveling nearly every weekend and creating memories of a lifetime with the most incredible people who became my best friends and by the end, family. 

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QUIZ: Which study abroad program is right for you?

Studying abroad is something that many students look forward to even before arriving on campus, but it can feel overwhelming to figure out which program is right for you. With the application due date for 2019-2020 programs coming up on Oct. 15, here is a quiz to help you figure out which program you should apply for.

Shari Dunn is the Executive Director for Dress for Success and will be the first speaker for the Women in Leadership series. Photo Courtesy of UP Pamplin School of Business

Speaker Shari Dunn to kick off Women in Leadership series

Of all chief executives of Fortune 500 companies, only five percent are women. According to the NYTimes, there are fewer women in CEO positions of Fortune 500 companies than there are men named James.  Looking to bridge this gap, the UP Pamplin School of Business is launching its Women in Leadership Forum series Wednesday, Sept. 26. at 6 p.m. in Franz room 120. 

The Pilots Care policy change "removes barriers" for students who are inebriated or caught in alcohol or drug related incidents. Photo Illustration by Molly Lowney 

New Pilots Care policy encourages students to seek help in alcohol and drug-related emergencies

It’s a Friday night and a student comes home to their dorm room, drunk. After stumbling around and slurring their words, the student passes out.  Their roommate knows they need medical attention, but he or she doesn’t want to call Public Safety because they are both under 21.  Many students may have heard of a situation like this, or have been in a situation like this themselves. Previously, if a student had an alcohol-related medical emergency and required medical attention, the student would have to go through the student conduct process and the incident would be added to their student record.